April 24 Message from Council District Five:
Today Mayor Hancock extended his order for all residents of Denver to stay at home until May 8th. This means that the current rules that we’ve been living under since late March still apply until May 8th.
While I know that this news comes as disappointing to some of you, the decision to extend the stay at home order gives the City time to prepare to reopen in a way that helps keep our community safe in the long run. It is important to note that all of the surrounding counties except for Douglas County have joined Denver in this order. That means that our businesses will not have to face competition from just outside our borders. Most importantly, it will also allow for a little extra time to:
- Train a contact-tracing team so that Denver Health is adequately staffed and prepared when our City reopens
- Obtain enough tests so that we can achieve the recommended guidelines for safely reopening (which is approximately 1000 tests per day)
- Give our supply chain a little bit of additional time to refill and restock so we have more PPE to protect our workers and high-risk community members when we reopen businesses
- Support our businesses by providing them better guidelines on best practices to follow when reopening
I know that many of you are frustrated, and worried, and tired of staying home. I know that this is a time of incredible uncertainty. Please hang tight for just a little while longer. It is only one extra week, but it could make a huge difference in the long-term success of our recovery.
Remember that we are staying home to save lives. Thank you again to all of our workers at the forefront of this crisis. Thank you to all who are staying home but ordering out in support of our small businesses. Thank you to all who are wearing masks to help stop the spread. We will get through this together. Stay safe and healthy.
Councilwoman Amanda Sawyer
Councilwoman Sawyer and her team have pulled together a thorough set of resources for residents and businesses – everything from volunteer opportunities to micro loans to mental health support and they update these resources often.
Please see this helpful compilation of information and resources for our community originally posted by D5 Council Office on April 3.
Please see this helpful compilation of information and resources for our community originally posted by D5 Council Office on March 19.